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MILLBROOK — When it comes to being well-rounded, 4-H members are encouraged to take on tasks and then present their projects to the public. In doing this, young people hone skills that help them speak in public in a cohesive and professional manner.

Participants choose their own topics, sometimes with a little guidance, and the topics can be wide ranging, from livestock to artwork, sewing to cooking, or almost anything the child has a keen interest in.

The 4-H presents certificates that are color coded, the highest being blue, then red, white, and for outstanding work...

Millbrook

Millbrook Hunt’s opening meet, ‘ware mud’

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MILLBROOK — It was raining hard at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, an hour before the beginning of the Millbrook Hunt’s 104th opening meet. By the time horses, riders and hounds had gathered in the field at David and Connie Clapp’s Coole Park Farm for the 8 a.m. start, the downpour had abated. But the sky remained dramatically cloudy, and with mist in the valleys the scene was reminiscent of England (the birthplace of foxhunting).

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Sleepy Hollow legend shared

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MILLBROOK — Those who stopped by the Millbrook Free Library were sure to get into the Halloween spirit on Friday, Sept. 30, thanks to Hudson Valley storyteller Jonathan Kruk, author of “Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley.”
Kruk performed tales from his book. Although the audience was made up of all adults, when Kruk got into character they were silent, listening as intently as a group of children being read to by their mothers.

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Rotary crew cleans up

MILLBROOK — The rain held off on Saturday morning, Sept. 24, for the Millbrook Rotary Club’s fall road cleanup. Road cleanups, organized by club member Tim Bucklin, take place four times a year.
Club members, local students and guest helpers were Tim, Owen and Sophia Bucklin, Matt Anderson, Aimee Jacques, Marissa and Patrick Williams, Judy Bondus, Joan Burgess, Amelia Shillingford and Luna Guo.

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Heirloom stolen from library

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Free Library’s Off the Wall Gallery space has held exhibits in the main entrance of the library for nine years, displaying artwork from local artists and others who have shared their treasures with the public.
Until recently, the gallery has encouraged happy thoughts and creative energy. But last week a discouraged library director, Nancy Rogers, said a precious heirloom was stolen from the Needle Works exhibit on Sept. 10.

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Community bids farewell to beloved veterinarian

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MILLBROOK — “Dr. Hammond was one of the most fantastic people you’d ever meet,” said Dale Culver, a friend of the longtime veterinarian.
David Hammond, the veterinarian who started and ran the Village Animal Hospital on Route 44 in Millbrook, died of prostate cancer on Monday, Sept. 26. Hammond was diagnosed in April 2010 and didn’t stop working until May 2011.
During his battle with cancer he stayed with his sister, Sarah Rizzo; he died while at her Millbrook home.

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Readying for the hunt

Millbrook Hunt huntsman Donald Philhower gathered his hounds at Coole Park Farm in Amenia for the opening meet on Saturday, Oct. 1. Click here for story and more photos.

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New playground at St. Joseph School

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MILLBROOK — At St. Joseph School playtime has become more fun than ever, thanks to the efforts of parents and the school.
This past summer a new playground was built for the students of the school, located at 25 St. Joseph Drive in the village of Millbrook. Thanks to $20,000 in donations, students are now able to play in the playground to their hearts’ content. The new playground replaced the old equipment, much of which was 50 years old.

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Dutchess Day School planet project

MILLBROOK —  Dutchess Day School designated Saturday, Sept. 24, as Moving Planet Day, highlighting the need to reduce carbon emissions through carpooling and bike riding. Recognizing the need to conserve resources and raise community awareness, Dutchess Day School, during the weekly assembly time, decorated donated bicycles  that were then displayed on campus.

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Village Board passes resolutions to improve Planning Board and LOSAP

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MILLBROOK — Tuesday, Sept. 13, Mayor Laura Hurley introduced to the Millbrook Village Board an amended local law that would increase the membership of the Planning Board from five to seven.
The amended local law would also change the term of the Planning Board members to three years.

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Millbrook students attend Rotary’s summer camp

MILLBROOK — Millbrook High School students Tommy Cummings, Kyla Karten, Emily Reid and Esteban Vega were selected by the Millbrook Rotary Club to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp this summer at Mount St. Mary’s College. The students spoke at the club’s lunch meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, about their experiences at the camp. All four participants described attending the camp as “the best experience of my life.”

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